12 days in Iceland Itinerary

12 days in Iceland Itinerary

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Reykjavik
— 1 night
Drive
2
Geysir
— 1 day
Drive
3
Selfoss
— 1 night
Drive
4
Hella
Drive
5
Vik
Bus
6
Jokulsarlon
Drive
7
Hofn
— 1 night
Drive
8
Egilsstadir
— 1 night
Drive
9
Reykjahlid
— 1 night
Drive
10
Akureyri
— 2 nights
Drive
11
Stykkisholmur
— 1 night
Drive
12
Reykjavik
— 2 nights
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Reykjavik

— 1 night
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Blue Lagoon as well as Perlan. Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): test the waters at Blue Lagoon, appreciate the history behind Sun Voyager, pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, then see the interesting displays at Volcano House, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Perlan.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Reykjavik vacation builder.

Boston, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Boston to Reykjavik due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Boston in October, expect Reykjavik to be slightly colder, temps between 46°F and 37°F. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Geysir.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Museums · Spas · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 11 — 12:

Geysir

— 1 day
Geysir tourism revolves around a famed geyser, which goes from very calm to extremely volatile depending on the subterranean seismic activity at the time.
For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Geysir online holiday planner.

You can drive from Reykjavik to Geysir in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in October, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Selfoss.

Things to do in Geysir

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 13:

Selfoss

— 1 night
Sitting on the banks of the picturesque Olfusa River, the laid-back town of Selfoss provides a good location to relax and enjoy some of the country's natural delights.
To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Selfoss road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Geysir to Selfoss takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Selfoss can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hella.

Things to do in Selfoss

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 13:

Hella

Hella is a small town in southern Iceland on the shores of the river Ytri-Rangá and has, as of 2011, 781 inhabitants.Hella is situated to the east of Reykjavík on the Hringvegur (Route 1) between Selfoss and Hvolsvöllur.OverviewThe name of the town comes from caves near the river. To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Hella day trip app.

You can drive from Selfoss to Hella in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Hella can reach 45°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. On the 13th (Wed), you'll travel to Vik.

Things to do in Hella

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 14:

Vik

Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Black Sand Beach. Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): stroll through Black Sand Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Vik tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hella to Vik in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Vik are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Jokulsarlon.

Things to do in Vik

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 14:
Highlights from your trip

Jokulsarlon

Your day by day itinerary now includes Glacier Lagoon. Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): explore the activities along Glacier Lagoon.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Jokulsarlon day trip app.

You can take a bus from Vik to Jokulsarlon in 4 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Hofn.

Things to do in Jokulsarlon

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 14:
Highlights from your trip

Hofn

— 1 night
Höfn or Höfn í Hornafirði is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. Flaajokull Glacier has been added to your itinerary.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hofn visit planner.

Drive from Jokulsarlon to Hofn in an hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Egilsstadir.

Things to do in Hofn

Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 13 — 14:

Egilsstadir

— 1 night
To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Egilsstadir itinerary planning site.

Getting from Hofn to Egilsstadir by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October in Egilsstadir, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 35°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Fri) before leaving for Reykjahlid.

Things to do in Egilsstadir

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 15:

Reykjahlid

— 1 night
Reykjahlid vacations include many outdoor activities.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Lake Myvatn as well as Dettifoss Waterfall. On the 15th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Myvatn and then take in the dramatic scenery at Dettifoss Waterfall.

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Getting from Egilsstadir to Reykjahlid by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 44°F, and evening lows to 33°F. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjahlid

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 15 — 16:

Akureyri

— 2 nights

Capital of North Iceland

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Hlíðarfjall has been added to your itinerary. On the 16th (Sat), stroll through Hlíðarfjall. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cast your line with Whale Watching Hauganes and then take in the dramatic scenery at Goðafoss Waterfall.

For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Akureyri travel planner.

Traveling by car from Reykjahlid to Akureyri takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Akureyri can reach 44°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Stykkisholmur.

Things to do in Akureyri

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 16 — 18:

Stykkisholmur

— 1 night
Stykkishólmur is a town and municipality situated in the western part of Iceland, in the northern part of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Kirkjufell Mountain has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Kirkjufell Mountain.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Stykkisholmur trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Akureyri to Stykkisholmur by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Stykkisholmur

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 18 — 19:
Highlights from your trip

Reykjavik

— 2 nights
Your day by day itinerary now includes Blue Lagoon as well as Perlan. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition, boost your wellbeing at Blue Lagoon, and then don't miss a visit to Svartsengi Geothermal Power Plant. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Iceland and then take in panoramic vistas at Perlan.

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You can drive from Stykkisholmur to Reykjavik in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Museums · Spas · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 19 — 21:

Iceland travel guide

4.5
Waterfalls · Churches · Thermal Spas
Land of Fire and Ice
Experience the drama of this mountainous island in the North Atlantic, from glacial rivers to rushing waterfalls and geothermal hot spots. Iceland's cities, like its capital Reykjavik, are home to passionate natives who honor their Icelandic culture and history. Venture from the cities to experience the country's most powerful attraction: its breathtaking landscapes. Take a trip to one of the island's renowned national parks, see the effects of volcanic activity, and go for a dip in one of its many lakes. A haven for outdoor recreation, you can glacier hike, whitewater raft, and swim in natural pools.

Lake Myvatn travel guide

4.3
Waterfalls · Hot Springs · Geologic Formations
Considered by some to be the most unusual, beautiful, and interesting spots in northeast Iceland, the Myvatn lake boasts striking volcanic scenery and a rich array of fauna. This shallow body of water is well known among birdwatchers for the vast number of birds that visit here, particularly ducks. However, it is perhaps the flocks of midges that leave a more lasting impression on visitors. The dense population of these tiny flies actually gives the lake its name: Myvarn translates into "the lake of midges." Nevertheless, with a healthy dose of bug spray, visitors can still enjoy the wild, weird, and wonderful landscape for which Iceland is famous.